April 2003 Fishing Reports

APRIL 30, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 12th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party put together by our neighbor Butch Smith for a total of 6 anglers. It was another beautiful day on The Bay and the Beasts complied. Butch and one of my other neighbors ­ Bill Heller cooked up a wicked batch of Bloody Marys that were served promptly at o dark thirty. The aroma cleared my sinus cavities! We trolled in the vicinity of “The Diamonds”. We flogged 6 burly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 31” – 42” (our limit). We also released one undersized Rockfish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails including the new hot lick Bucktail – Mabel’s own – “Pinky”, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. The 42”/29.5 pound Beast won (tied for 1st) the daily Deale Captains Tournament for our 3rd win of the season. Water temperatures warmed to 59 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate today (seated on cooler in rear).

5 Anglers declined Citations.

Earning a MDDNR Embroidered Patch and Citation was:

Joseph M. Heller of Rockville, MD for a 42”/29.5 pound “Beast From The East”


APRIL 29, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report
By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 11th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed our good friend Jim “Lead Rod” Boland, Sr. (pronounced “leed”), his sons Jim Jr. & Brian, and the crew from Home Depot for a total of 7 anglers (including… [ gasp ] a woman)! We also discovered there is a Boland “that won’t touch fish”! It was another beautiful day on The Bay but the Beasts were a bit finicky. We got our limit today but not without a Herculean struggle. I suspected Bananas and found, much to my horror, 3 items of prohibited contraband, to wit: (1) An actual Banana which was stashed aboard the “Jil Carrie” in one angler’s lunch box. Said Banana was subsequently and surreptitiously tossed from the vessel in route to the fishing grounds.

This evil act was a blatant attempt to conceal such contraband from the captain and crew; and (2) A Six Pack of Beer with Banana flavoring. Other than the horrifying thought of this most foul defiling of the honored and revered cold, frosty, malted adult beverage…Banana Beer? ARRRGGGHHHHH!; and (3) Banana Boat Sun Tan Lotion. Puuuhhhhleeeease! OK gang, here we go again…No Bananas, No Banana byproducts, No Banana Beer, No Banana anything! What is so difficult about this? How long will this foul and malodorous curse remain with our beloved “Jil Carrie” this time? Here’s your sign… NO BANANAS! We trolled in the vicinity of “The Diamonds”. We caught 7 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 33” – 38” (our limit). We also released one undersized Rockfish (26.5”). We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures warmed to 58 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones served as 1st Mate today (2nd from right).

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The Anglers declined Citations.

Oh yeah, I might mention that the offending angler was punished by The Fish Gods for his Banana transgressions with an undersized fish and one that broke his line. Not to mention the harassment from the crew.he


APRIL 28, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 10th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed our good friend Tom “It was only 3” Sears (on far left) and friends for a total of 6 anglers. It was another beautiful day on The Bay and the Beasts were willing. We flogged our quarry with alacrity. But the big question of the day was ­ “where’s Conway”? We trolled in the vicinity of Holland Point and then made a move to “The Diamonds”. We caught 6 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 30” – 42” (our limit). We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. The 42” Beast we caught today (our longest so far this year, but not the heaviest) weighed in at 30 pounds and was good enough to win the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament for our 2nd win so far this year. Water temperatures warmed to 55 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Zach Stauffer served as 1st Mate today (standing, in rear).

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5 Anglers declined Citations.

Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

Paul Mazza of Sparks, MD for a 42”/30.5 pound “Beast From The East”


APRIL 27, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 9th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed our good friend “Uncle” Ed “The Six Foot Pole” Mechlinski from Stewartstown, PA (standing, on far right) and friends for a total of 7 anglers. It was such a beautiful day on The Bay and the Beasts were willing. We trolled in the vicinity of the Deale Fishing Reef and around the Old Gas Buoy (83). We caught 7 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 33″ – 37″ (our limit). We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures warmed to 53 degrees today, which is still very cold for this time of year. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones served as 1st Mate today (squatting on far left). The Anglers declined Citations.


APRIL 26, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Today, for our 8th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party for Ron Wolf and the union truckers from U.S. Foods in Baltimore, MD for a total of 10 anglers. It was a cold, wet, rainy, breezy and raw day. Despite the inclement weather, we had a decent day today and, once again, spanked our Beasts briskly. We trolled in the vicinity of the Deale Fishing Reef and around the Old Gas Buoy (83). We caught 10 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 31″ – 37″ (our limit). We also released one 27.5″ undersized Rockfish. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures ranged from 51 – 52 degrees, which is still very cold for this time of year. We saw a few small pods of baitfish again today. “Dr.” Karl “Stud Boy” Bieberich (squatting on far right) served as 1st Mate today. All anglers declined Citations.

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APRIL 25, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 7th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party for John Klausing, coworkers at the MD State Highway Administration, and friends for a total of 6 anglers. We had a real good day today and spanked our Beast briskly with alacrity. We trolled in the vicinity of Holland Point, east to Buoy 82, and around the Old Gas Buoy (83). We caught 6 keeper Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) from 32” – 41”. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. The 41”/30 lb. Beast was in the lead for the daily Deale Captains Tournament for pounder until we got nipped at the end as a boat came in after us with a 30.5 pounder ­ DOH. It would have been our 2nd win of the season, but it was not to be. Water temperatures ranged from 51 – 52 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. We saw a few small pods of baitfish again today. Zach Stauffer (standing, in rear) served as 1st Mate today. Notice little Jimmy got on the boat for the picture. He’s looking at that fish saying “one day”…..

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5 anglers declined Citations.

Earning a MDDNR Embroidered Patch and Citation was:

Ken Shelton of Severna Park, MD for a 41”/30 lb. Beast


APRIL 24, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 5th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party for “Dr. “ Karl “Stud Boy” Bieberich’s Dad Ron Bieberich, family and friends for a total of 8 anglers. We struggled all day to catch fish. We trolled in the vicinity of Holland Point and east to Buoy 82. We pounded out 6 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 keepers from 32” – 39”. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures ranged from 50 – 51 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. We saw a few small pods of baitfish again today. “Hey, Capt. Croakerhead, why did you tell us you caught 6 Beasts when there were only 5 in the picture????” That, my friends is another long, long story. We had to come in early, so we will just leave it at that…

6 anglers declined Citations. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer.


APRIL 23, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 5th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party for our good friend Harry Calley and friends for a total of 6 anglers. It was breezy and choppy today out there. We trolled in the vicinity of Holland Point and east to Buoy 82. We spanked 6 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 keepers from 32″ – 39″ (our limit) with alacrity. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our newfangled “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. But the big story of the day was Harrys Crippled Alewife 11/0 chartreuse spoon which he brought and it caught the largest fish of the day (see picture below). Another highlight of today was our first call for “Ralph” which was a welcome harbinger of Spring. Water temperatures ranged from 50 – 51 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. We saw a few small pods of baitfish again today.

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4 anglers declined Citations. Serving as 1st Mate was Capt. Al The Livin’ Legend Jones.

Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

Alice Faye Brown of Dickerson, MD for a 31″ Rockfish
Homer S. Holt of Cabin John, MD for a 36″ Rockfish


APRIL 22, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Today, for our 4th Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party for the McDuffie clan organized by George McDuffie III for a total of 7 anglers. We trolled in the vicinity of The Old Gas Buoy and the Deale Fishing Reef all day. We spanked 7 Beastly Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 7 keepers from 31” – 40” (our limit) with alacrity. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our new “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures ranged from 50 – 51 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. We saw our first small pods of baitfish today and caught most of our fish around the baitfish. But the big story today was George McDuffie, Sr. who lost a big fish on the first go around and finished up the rotation catching the last and largest Beast ­ a 24.5 lb. specimen with authority (see picture below)! This Beast was good for 2nd place in the Deale Captains Association Daily Tournament.

4 anglers declined Citations. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (on far right).

Earning a MDDNR Citation was:
John McDuffie of Silver Spring, MD for a 35”/17 lb. Rockfish
George McDuffie, Sr. for a 38”/24.5 lb. “Beast From The East”
Earning a MDDNR Citation and Embroidered Patch was:

John J. McDuffie of Silver Spring, MD for a 40”/23 lb. Rockfish


APRIL 21, 2002
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Today, for our 3rd Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party organized by our good friend Harry Calley for a total of 5 anglers. We trolled in the vicinity of The Old Gas Buoy and the Deale Fishing Reef all day. We struggled to catch a total of 5 gargantuan Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 5 keepers from 31″ – 41″ (our limit). We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our new “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures ranged from 49 – 51 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. I saw relatively few marks on the meter and no baitfish whatsoever. The good news is we caught our 2 biggest Rockfish of the year so far, the largest of which was a 41-/33.5 lb. Beast From The East! This fleshy Beast was also the biggest Rockfish of the day to win the daily Deale Captains Association Tournament! DOH! We got back in too late and were disqualified!

3 anglers declined Citations. Serving as 1st Mate was Zach Stauffer (in rear, peering over the Beasts).

Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

Violet Crossman of Germantown, MD for a 39″/29 lb. Rockfish
Celian C. Crossman of Germantown, MD for a 41″/33.5 lb. Rockfish


APRIL 20, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield
Today, for our 2nd Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we welcomed a fishing party organized by our esteemed Rest Haven neighborhood President Eddie Czerwinski for a total of 6 anglers. We trolled in the vicinity of The Old Gas Buoy and the Deale Fishing Reef all day. We struggled to catch a total of 7 humungous Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 6 keepers from 29″ – 38″ (our limit) and 1 undersized Rockfish of 26″ (released). We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our new “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. Water temperatures ranged from 49 – 51 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. I saw relatively few marks on the meter and no baitfish whatsoever. Congratulations to 1st Mate for today “Dr” Karl “Stud Boy” Bieberich for passing his U.S. Coast Guard Captains Test yesterday. 1 angler declined his Citation

Earning a MDDNR Citation was:

“El Presidente” Eddie Czerwinski of Deale, MD for a 30″/10 lb. Rockfish
Luis T. Matanane of Odenton, MD for a 33″/11 lb. Rockfish
Rusty Junkin of Deale, MD for a 33″/12 lb. Rockfish
Thomas L. Davis of Upper Marlboro, MD for a 34.5″/16 lb. Rockfish
Jerry L. Criswell of Upper Marlboro, MD for a 38″/21 lb. Beast From The East!
APRIL 19, 2003
Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

By Capt. Jim Brincefield

Today, for our 1st Fishing Trip of the 2003 season we celebrated Opening Day 2003 with our Annual Legends of the Bay Spring Trophy Opener! We had the usual suspects aboard for our annual Fest (for a total of 10 anglers) including “Uncle” Ed “The Six Foot Pole” Mechlinski, Charlie Bryant, “Big Peetie” Peake and guest, Dennis W. “Ed” Greenway, Jim Boland, Sr., and his son Brian, even Jil came along (celebrating her birthday) and brought her Dad – Walt Hughes. Our Special Guest was Mrs. Candus Thomson, Outdoors Writer for The Baltimore Sun, who covered the Opening Day event for The Sun. The article covering today’s Opener will appear in The Sun one week from tomorrow on Sunday, 4/27/03.  We trolled in the vicinity of The Old Gas Buoy and the Deale Fishing Reef all day. We caught a total of 11 Striped Bass (“Rockfish”) consisting of 10 keepers from 29″ – 36″ (our limit) and 1 undersized Rockfish of 26.5″ (released). We also lost a few fish which got away to fight another day. We also had a few “short strikes”. We used an array of white and chartreuse Prime Time Bucktails, JJ’s Tackle Custom Parachutes and Bucktails, and our new “ET” Bucktails and Parachutes. All lures seemed to catch evenly.  Water temperatures ranged from 48.5 – 50 degrees, which is very cold for this time of year. I saw relatively few marks on the meter and no baitfish whatsoever. Capt. Al “The Livin’ Legend” Jones served as 1st Mate today.